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11Apr, 2020

FAQs for patients planning to have Fertility Treatment at BCRM

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11th April 2020   What guidance does BCRM consider when assessing the care it will provide? Our service is dedicated to helping you have children which is fundamental to humanity. We nevertheless recognise the challenge the current Covid situation presents to you and to our current ability to provide care as normal.  The BCRM clinical leadership team examine the implications of all national and international recommendations with a careful focus on our duty to patients and to public health. BCRM will monitor the Covid situation diligently and make plans as […]
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11Apr, 2020

BCRM Patient Support During These Difficult Times

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Ordinarily, most patients experience immense emotional difficulty around the uncertainty and delays involved in their fertility treatment.  The majority of patients we see express how deeply troubling they find the lack of certainty – not knowing when or if their treatment is ever going to give them the pregnancy they have been longing and trying for. Every month that passes really counts, and each delay or wait seems interminable and frustrating. The sense of life being on hold, or feeling  ‘in limbo’  and unable to plan anything, is a recurring […]
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19Mar, 2020

BCRM Coronavirus Covid-19 update

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1st May 2020 We are pleased to hear that our regulator, the HFEA have taken the decision that fertility clinics can “apply” to reopen from 11 May 2020. This means an application will be assessed and will require approval before treatment can actually start. The safety of patients and clinic staff remains a priority for BCRM. We therefore wish to reassure all our patients that we have been working hard during the lock down and are now prepared to provide a safe service to patients and a safe working environment […]
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18Mar, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID -19) NOTIFICATION TO BCRM PATIENTS

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Update 11th April 2020 The last few weeks have revealed the challenging effects the Covid situation is having on our daily lives, family, friends and work. Our hearts go out to those who have been affected. In particular we acknowledge that infertility is a disease, and we appreciate that for many it is time sensitive. For this reason, we recognise that our patients’ suffering is acute and real in the current Covid situation. Given the unprecedented nature of the situation, BCRM has had to take a number of actions to […]
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13Mar, 2020

CORONAVIRUS, COVID -19: NOTIFICATION TO BCRM PATIENTS

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Background A coronavirus is a type of virus whose potential transmission rate remains unknown. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world however novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. This outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 to 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, they have not been infected. Typical symptoms […]
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24Dec, 2019

BRISTOL-IVF Research Study

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Dr Amy Taylor is lead researcher on the BRIST-IVF study, running now at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine.    Louise Brown, the world’s first IVF baby, grew up here in Bristol. Now, around 20,000 babies are born through IVF in the UK every year.    Research has enabled us to learn a great deal about IVF since Louise’s birth in 1978. We know, for example, that maternal age and the number of eggs a woman has – their ‘ovarian reserve’ – are factors which affect the success of IVF treatment. But there’s still a lot that we don’t know.    IVF treatment outcomes are still improving, albeit slowly. If we want to try and increase […]
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